For the second time in his golfing career, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland has won a major. On Sunday, he won the PGA Championship in South Carolina.
McIlroy shot a -6 Sunday to shoot a final round -13 and beat England’s David Lynn by eight strokes.
Despite a poor second round where McIlroy shot a +3 in extremely windy conditions, he was on his game and shot an amazing -16 on the three days where the weather was quite mild and calm.
Even though McIlroy has won his two majors (2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship) by a combined total of 16 strokes (eight strokes each time), he won his two majors significantly differently. Last year at Congressional, he had a six stroke lead after the second round, and nobody caught him. This past weekend, he had significant challenges from Carl Pettersson of Sweden, Vijay Singh of Fiji, Tiger Woods of the United States and Ian Poulter of England. It wasn’t until mid-way through the final round on Sunday he destroyed the field by shooting a six-under that he moved away from the field.